Liefacts: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Disney chose the spelling “dwarfs” over “dwarves” out of fear that some Americans might pronounce the “v” as the Roman numeral five.
  • Originally, Walt Disney wanted all of the dwarfs other than Doc to be named Billy.
  • The Wicked Queen was named after the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • The prince was going to have a larger part in the story until test audiences reported that he was consistently being upstaged by other moving objects.
  • Snow White was originally given her name as a product tie-in for Ivory Snow — the same detergent that to this day Disneyland uses during the holidays to make fake snow on Main Street.
  • The soap-product tie in is also why the film has such a long segment devoted to washing up.
  • After the film’s release, American apple sales plummeted by 78%, but national disdain for stepparents skyrocketed.
  • The actor who performed the voice of Dopey wasn’t Mel Blanc (among others).
  • Andy Devine auditioned for the part of the Huntsman, but didn’t get it because of his voice.
  • After being revived by the Prince’s kiss, Snow White is technically a zombie.

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